Man City may have ended their interest in long-term target Robin Van Persie, after rumours have emerged that they are interested in Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao.
With City expected to sell Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Dzeko and Tevez this summer, freeing up transfer funds and saving an overwhelming and terrifying amount of wages, it is no surprise to see them desperate to land a big name striker to accompany Aguero.
The Falcao move has already been dismissed within Spain, with an agreement to stay on at Atletico Madrid for another season having been verbally agreed between the player and his manager. Having only recently joined the Madrid based club for £35 million, he would most likely cost Man City more than the player is actually worth (if that is a concern for them).
Cavani, with his best years ahead of him at 25, and currently playing for a club that failed to achieve Champions’ League qualification, is certainly a realistic target. A clinical goalscorer, Cavani has netted 66 times in 94 games for Napoli, finishing each of his two seasons at the club as top goalscorer. With Lavezzi also hunting for a new club, it could be a very difficult summer for the Italians.
As we are all patently aware, medium sized clubs that slowly build towards success can be quickly ripped apart by the giants of the game; we will most certainly see that again this summer. Whether it is the personal bonuses players receive for playing in the Champions’ League, or whether the TV media’s ceaseless aggrandising of the competition has affected the players, it seems to be that playing in the competition is now a vitally important factor in any career.
Many leave in order to find Champions’ League football, many find an excuse to leave a club because they have failed to achieve a top 4 (or 3) finish. In all fairness both Lavezzi and Cavani deserve to play for top European clubs, but the trend is unsettling, and Napoli’s chances of replicating their 2010/11 successes are slowly slipping away from them.
City meanwhile seem very close to building a team capable of winning that fabled and glorious holy grail of sport, and are perhaps only a striker and a winger away from perfection. Cavani has never played outside Italy, and although his international record is fairly good, it is not a certain success story – not as much of a guaranteed hit than RVP. Van Persie may be refusing to play for another English club, and similarly Arsenal may be refusing to sell to their rivals.
Either way, these are worrying times for anyone based outside of Manchester. As RVP looks set to snub both Man City and Arsenal, the former turns their attentions to one of Europe’s best goalscorers, the latter have snapped up a man with questions marks over his ability to cut it at the highest level.
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